Canadian Red Cross Announces 2018 Humanitarian Awards for New Brunswick

Topics: New Brunswick
July 03, 2018

SAINT JOHN, NB –  The Canadian Red Cross has announced that business leader Roxanne Fairweather of Saint John will be the 2018 recipient of its Humanitarian Award for New Brunswick in recognition of her work supporting community and humanitarian causes within the province.

University student Austin Henderson of Salisbury New Brunswick will receive its 2018 Young Humanitarian Award for New Brunswick for his advocacy for youth empowerment, immigrant integration, girls’ rights and gender equality.

Fairweather and Henderson will receive their awards at the Power of Humanity dinner, a fundraising event scheduled for Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at the Delta Marriott Saint John. More details about the recipients, tickets and sponsorship are online at  

RoxanneFairweather is co-CEO and co-owner of Innovatia Inc. and has been a dedicated community leader and advocate for early childhood youth literacy, anti-poverty and gender parity in New Brunswick for decades. She has been a member of the Board of Governors of the University of New Brunswick since 2003 and became the second woman in UNB’s 150-history to serve as board chair from 2010-2012. Her focus has brought access to post-secondary education for vulnerable populations, and gender issues, specifically women’s issues, to the forefront. Fairweather supports numerous community organizations including the YMCA-YWCA, Cathedral Heritage Foundation, United Way and the Canadian Red Cross, Achieve Literacy Greater Saint John, Elementary Literacy Inc. and BCAPI.

“Roxanne Fairweather is an admired leader, esteemed mentor, and driving force for education in her community,” said Bill Lawlor, provincial director for New Brunswick with the Canadian Red Cross. “We are so pleased to shine a light on Roxanne’s innumerable contributions and tireless volunteer efforts over the years.”

Austin Henderson headshotHenderson sits on Plan International Canada’s Youth Advisory Council and is a member of the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health. He was a panelist at its recent global adolescent health conference discussing how positive masculinities can help advance gender equality. He is also vice-president of Canadian Parents for French New Brunswick. He’s a Lord Beaverbrook scholar pursuing a degree in Philosophy at UNB’s Renaissance College, and will soon be conducting research on the attraction, retention and integration of young newcomers to New Brunswick.

“Austin Henderson’s leadership and achievements advocating for youth, girls’ rights and gender equality is truly admirable,” said Lawlor. “He has gone from being a youth mentor and valedictorian of his high school graduating class to an internationally recognized advocate and presenter on gender equality at the Y7 Summit in Ottawa in April.”